The project sponsored by WWF Norway and administered by WWF India was the state version of the WWF Global’s ambitious report on 100% RE for the world. The project required WISE to assess the feasibility of meeting Kerala’s 100% energy demand with by 2050.
WISE carried out detailed stakeholder interaction in Kerala with the state’s topmost stakeholders and experts in the energy and environment domain. The study also assessed the renewable energy potential (wind and solar) of the state using Geographic Information System (GIS) tools and high-resolution datasets of land use land cover, topography and resource layers. The project team used an open-source modelling tool to design different energy demand scenarios and model impacts on energy utilization through energy conservation, energy efficiency and energy substitution (renewable energy use) strategies. The energy model covered electricity, industrial heat and transport energy and recommended specific interventions in each sector to meet the 100% RE goal.
The report was widely disseminated and some of the recommendations from the report were implemented by the state electricity department and the state nodal agency. The state requested WISE to undertake a follow-on project focusing on Palakkad district in Kerala. Both the reports were well appreciated and, on the request of the state, were also translated into the local language Malyalam for enabling wider dissemination.